Always the rebel in her ultra-conservative family, Quinn Sakata dreams of quitting her dad's real-estate business and restoring the old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast in her hometown of Hope Springs. Except that Quinn's not the only person bidding on it. Worse still, her competitor is her high school crush, Heath Brantley, who is all kinds of ripped, tattooed hotness...
So much for her "nice, conservative boys" rule.
Heath has his own reasons for bidding on Mountain Ridge, and he won't give in without a fight - even to the red-lipped hottie with a sailor's mouth. But when their rivalry shifts into an unexpected zing of chemistry, Heath realizes he's in deep trouble. Because it's inevitable that emotions will get involved, and he needs to keep his eyes on the prize before they both get hurt.
Each book in the Hope Springs series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Second Chance Ranch
Book #2 Crazy for the Competition
Book #3 The Bad Boy's Baby
About the Author
Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
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Crazy for the Competition
A Hope Springs Novel
By Cindi Madsen, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Cindi Madsen
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Impressing boyfriends' parents wasn't something Quinn Sakata was known for — well, she definitely left an impression, just not the good kind. Her first awkward meet-the-parents moment had been when she was sixteen, after she'd accidentally stranded herself and her boyfriend at the time in the middle of Hope Springs Reservoir and they'd had to call his parents to rescue them. In her defense, there'd been maneuvering around in the tiny boat for kissing purposes, and while she'd known she'd knocked something over, the splash had seemed so inconsequential with his lips against hers. Turns out oars are more important than you'd think.
Then there was the summer after junior year, when Jackson Cooper's mama had come home unexpectedly and found Quinn and him making out on the couch, clothes askew, damning empty beer cans on the table. His mother had asked for her name, but only so she could call her parents, which had resulted in one of many groundings.
Which was why being in a church with her current boyfriend's family meant sweaty palms and second-guessing every movement she made and word she said.
I knew getting involved with the brother of the groom was a bad idea.
It didn't help that her sister, mother, and aunt were all eyeing her, giving her looks that screamed you'd better be on your best behavior as the wedding rehearsal kicked off.
It's like they think I'm some kind of ticking time bomb. Their worried looks only made her nerves bounce that much higher, so she told herself if she did slip to make sure she transitioned to speaking Japanese, so at least the Rutherfords wouldn't understand what she'd said.
Quinn took a deep breath and then slowly let it out. I got this. I make risky acquisitions with my father constantly looking over my shoulder. Impressing my boyfriend's parents is a cakewalk in comparison.
Mmm. I can't wait for the cake tomorrow.
The incessant hammering echoing through the church made it hard to hear the preacher's words as he detailed exactly what would happen tomorrow when her little sister, Maya, and her fiancé, Steven Rutherford, got married. Not that Quinn was paying that close attention. How much prep did walking down an aisle at the speed of nail polish drying take, anyway? Being in the middle of a business deal that had nothing to do with her regular job wasn't helping her concentration, either.
As the mother of the bride, Haha beamed, absorbing a moment she'd obviously waited for all her life — of course her mother made sure to mention to Quinn that as the eldest, she always thought she'd marry first. No thanks on that. Chichi stood next to Haha, also beaming, and backing her up whenever she needed help with the wedding prep — Quinn had always admired the team her parents made.
Quinn peeked inside her purse at her phone, silently begging it to ring. The town committee had promised a decision by five, and it was a quarter till. She'd get a dirty look from Haha for answering, but there was no way she'd miss it. Chichi would assume it was a business call, like 90 percent of her calls were, and let it go. This was business, but it was also personal, and what she hoped to one day turn into professional. If the deal did go through, Chichi would no doubt be disappointed in her decision to move another way, but she couldn't dwell on that right now.
"Quinn-chan, come stand off to this side with Maya-chan," Haha said, directing her to the left of the altar, where the hammering noise only grew louder — apparently there were a few last-minute touch-ups going on to make sure everything was ready for tomorrow's ceremony.
Maya bumped her hip into Quinn's. "Just another hour and it'll be over. And then tomorrow" — her face lit up and her voice pitched higher — "I'll be married!"
Before Quinn could give her sister a hug like she'd planned, Haha grabbed her shoulders and twisted her to stand sideways. "Turn this way. No slouching. And would a smile kill you?"
"Maybe," Quinn said. "Is that a chance you really want to take?"
Oops. Those are the inside thoughts today, remember?
Luckily Haha didn't bother with a response — she was used to the sarcasm. With the Rutherfords lined up on the other side, they probably hadn't heard, either, so no harm done.
Haha continued rearranging everyone in place, making the groomsmen switch order when she didn't like the height differences. "Perfectionist" was an understatement, not to mention how determined she was to show the Rutherfords that a small-town celebration could be just as extravagant as one in the city. There were caterers driving in from two towns over, and the decorators had driven up from Salt Lake to deck out the town square. The entire reason Maya had wanted to be married in Hope Springs instead of Cheyenne, where all of their family had relocated for the time being, was the small-town charm. Despite their many moves through the years, the sisters both considered it their real home — it was where they had their best memories.
But the Sakatas were big on impressions, especially when clients were invited and they were trying to one-up the Joneses. Or Rutherfords, as it were.
Quinn had asked Maya if she wanted all the fuss, and while she could tell her sister didn't, Maya asked her to let it go. So for her sake, she'd be compliant. She reached over and squeezed her sister's hand. "It'll be like in The Little Mermaid, when the whole kingdom's there to see."
Maya laughed. "My dress is sparkly."
"We just need to get you a gold tiara real quick. Do you think Chichi would hold a trident?"
"And sprout a tail?"
The image made them erupt into the kind of silent laughter where you hold in the sound but your entire body convulses with it.
When they'd played The Little Mermaid growing up, Maya was always Ariel and Quinn was Ursula. It was more fun. Until that whole getting-rammed-through-with-a-sharp-pole-and-dying-an-electric-death thing. The characters they'd gravitated toward pretty much summed up their polar opposite personalities.
All growing up, Quinn heard things like, "Why can't you be more like your sister?" and "Look at Maya. She's the younger one, and she's the better example." From her parents, teachers. Other family members. Pretty much everyone except their maternal grandmother, Sobo Machi, who was one of the few people who'd actually understood Quinn.
While that might lead some to resent their sibling, Quinn had never felt that way about Maya. She wanted to protect her sister's shiny, hopeful outlook of the world and make sure all her optimistic dreams came true. Maya's one rebellion through the years was to sneak into Quinn's room after Haha and Chichi were asleep. They'd whisper and giggle and tell stories long into the night, and Quinn often had to carry Maya back to her room after she fell asleep so they wouldn't get caught. So despite their different personalities, they'd always been close, and Quinn would do most anything to make her sister happy.
"It's going to be perfect," she whispered to Maya, giving her hand another squeeze.
When she glanced up, Mrs. Rutherford quickly looked away, as if she'd been studying her. It hadn't been easy to hold back snarky comments when the woman remarked on the quaintness of the town in that condescending, grating way people did when they tried to make insults sound like compliments.
Hope Springs was Quinn's town, even if she didn't currently live here. Although if this deal she was waiting on went through, she'd change that soon. Please, please, please let it go through.
Grayson flashed her a smile from the Rutherford side. They'd started dating because his brother had been dating her sister, and they were always together anyway, so it made sense. Haha and Chichi approved, which always made it easier, if a little less fun, and he fit in with her new plan to date boys who wouldn't stomp all over her heart for sport. She was trying to be more mature, as her father constantly pointed out she needed to be.
Maturity blows. And it's boring.
The truth was she missed the excitement of dating someone ... not so calm and predictable. Not to mention she always felt like she fell a little short of who Grayson wanted her to be.
What's wrong with me? He's a successful man who treats me well. He ... talks about his stocks a lot.
But that was easy enough to tune out. When she'd dared to suggest to Maya that he might not be the guy for her, her sister had freaked out and made her promise not to break up with him before the wedding. Which was good, she supposed. It gave her a couple more days to see how he interacted with his family and hers and decide if it was time to end it or take things to the next level. Plus, having him in Hope Springs would give her the chance to introduce him to Sadie, and her best friend would help her figure out her next step.
A calm washed over her at the thought. She'd been so antsy on this trip. It was hard to concentrate when her dream hung in the balance, so close she could taste it.
The hammering continued, the noise pounding behind Quinn's temples. She was tempted to march over and yell, What are you doing back there? Building an ark? Can you maybe just shut up for fifteen minutes so we can get through this and go home?
Instead she tried to concentrate as the preacher went over the final details.
Yeah, yeah, let's wrap it up. We walk down the aisle, and then they exchange vows. People cry. Then they go eat and dance in the town square. It's not exactly rehearsal-worthy.
Quinn peeked at the screen of her phone again and then made sure the sound was on. It's all going to work out. It's got to. First, she'd use the money she'd scrimped and saved to secure the run-down Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast she'd fallen in love with as a child, then she'd turn it into a beautiful property where she could finally be free of her father as a boss and a job that she was good at but didn't love. Free from all feelings of obligation, and no dealing with implications that she'd only gotten where she was because of who her father was. She couldn't wait to have something that was 100 percent hers.
Just call already. I've jumped through all your hoops, and now I'm ready to turn my dream into a reality.
Haha cleared her throat, and Quinn glanced up. Oops, everyone else had moved. Quinn's heels tapped a quick rhythm against the hardwood floor as she hastened toward the end of the aisle to do another trial run, just in case someone had forgotten how to walk in the last ten minutes.
Quinn ended up next to Mrs. Rutherford, and the woman's eyes went to Quinn's necklace. More accurately, the diamond hanging from it. Grayson had gifted it to her a few months ago — it'd nearly sent her running because he was obviously more serious about her than she was about him. But then she'd remembered being serious about relationships was something she was looking for. In theory.
Guilt swirled through her gut, but she told herself that she did care about him. She'd even let him know she wasn't ready to get too serious yet, so it wasn't like she was leading him on.
"My son has good taste," Mrs. Rutherford said.
Quinn smiled. "Yes, he does. He's a very bright boy." Were those words actually coming out of her mouth? She didn't say things like "bright boy." But she didn't think she should mention that the first thing she'd noticed when Maya introduced them was how nicely he filled out a suit — especially from the back. So she nodded like the good little girl her family expected her to be.
And Mrs. Rutherford actually smiled what appeared to be a perfectly nice, genuine smile.
Here I am, impressing my boyfriend's mother. Go me.
If her phone could just ring right now and she could excuse herself before she said or did anything wrong, that'd be great. Or maybe the phone call would screw it up, but not knowing if she'd gotten the property or not was making her crazier with every minute closer it got to five.
The hammering stopped, the quiet suddenly loud in its absence. Then the embodiment of every fantasy she'd ever had — every bad boy she'd ever dated or lusted after rolled into one — stepped out from behind the podium, hammer in hand, a light sheen of sweat on his forehead.
His arms were ripped and tattooed, his ears pierced, and his jeans and T-shirt snug. Her knees trembled, her mouth went dry, and her heart beat faster than it had since she'd had that regrettable treadmill-tripping incident at the gym a few months ago — she'd given up exercise for her health after that. The guy lifted the bottom of his shirt and wiped at his face, exposing glorious abs covered in more tattoos.
"Holy shitballs," Quinn said, and although she'd meant for it to be a whisper, it more burst out of her and echoed around the room, filling every corner of the chapel, drifting across the preacher, and bouncing right back to the entire wedding party.
Maya fought back a smile but hid it with her fake flower bouquet prop, Haha shot her a death glare, and Chichi's mouth formed a line so tight it looked like he'd lost it altogether. As for the groom's side?
It was dropped jaws, hands thrown over hearts, and a general mix of shock and awe that she'd enjoy under other circumstances but didn't strike her as particularly amusing now, especially combined with the pale pallor of the new town preacher.
At least Grayson was more caught in a permanent flinch than a disapproving scowl.
Well, hell. Did she mention she wasn't particularly good at first impressions?
* * *
Heath fought back a laugh as he glanced at the woman who'd just sworn in the chapel. The bride-tobe — who he assumed was her sister — looked amused, but everyone else wore horrified expressions. A few of them inched away as if lighting might strike her and get them in the process.
At first glance he'd noticed she was pretty, but as he took in her long dark hair and exotic Asian features, the adorable blush on her cheeks, and the deep red lips, he thought pretty didn't quite cut it. In fact, he was thinking he'd like to know more about the hottie with a sailor's mouth.
She was probably only in town for the wedding, though — he definitely would've noticed her earlier if she lived here. There was no place to hide in Hope Springs. Oh, sure, you could try to hide out at home, but the busybodies in town wouldn't allow it for long.
Speaking of townspeople ... Heath glanced at the time. Nearly five. He'd picked up odd jobs here and there since he'd gotten back into town, but within a few minutes, he should be finding out if he was going to win the property he was eager to get busy fixing up. Then he could focus on building the dream he and his brother had talked about since they were old enough to think about the future.
The town committee moves about as slow as a snake on a cold day. Not that they were cold-blooded. Well, not all of them, although it was a possibility with a few of the older ladies. The thought of other people holding his future in his hands made a lump form in his gut.
If only he hadn't left such a bad impression back in high school. But he couldn't do anything about that now. Just keep proving he'd changed and hope for the best.
The hottie glanced back toward the wedding party. She carefully schooled her features, but the blush remained. "Sorry about that. I just ... remembered that I need to make a call. For work. Please excuse me." She rushed out of the chapel, moving surprisingly fast considering the super-tall heels on her feet.
Heath dropped his hammer in his toolbox and gave the floorboards and formerly wobbly bench another test. "Did you need anything else?" he asked, addressing Preacher Hadfield.
"No. Thanks for taking care of it on such short notice. I meant to get it fixed weeks ago."
Heath took up his toolbox, ignoring the disapproving looks he got from the wedding party — he didn't even have to swear in church to earn them. It was another thing that had him worried when it came down to getting the town committee to accept his proposal. Add being from the wrong side of the tracks and having the wrong dad, and sometimes he thought he was stupid for even dreaming Mountain Ridge could be his.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved! It! This is a sweet, funny, and completely endearing story. Two people from totally different world who are immediately drawn to each other. Heath is the town's hot bad boy or at least that is how he is seen. Quinn Sakata was raised in a very conservative, very involved household and while she has always tried to be what her parents want she just can't do it anymore. When these two find themselves bidding on the same property, each with their own very personal reasons, they are thrown into a competition to see who will ultimately win the property. This is a very well written story and the author does a great job of bringing these characters to life. I definitely fell a little bit in love with Heath!! You will definitely want this one on the tbr list! I highly recommend it.
this was an ok read. kind of forgettable for me. the main character were good for each other. not necassarily my cup of tea but is a nice light read. *arc given by publisher for honest review
What happens when your dream collides with that of another and you are wildly attracted to that person. That's the situation for Quinn Sakata with Heath Brantley, her high school crush. They both want to buy the Old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast. Who's going to be the winner? Quinn is from an ultra conservative family who are from the right side of the tracks. They have wealth and privilege and she feels trapped. Heath Brantley has drifted all his life. He and his brother raised themselves while their father turned to alcohol. He's a rebel and the town bad boy. Can they find love with everything stacked against them? I loved this charming and touching romance. As Quinn and Heath fell in love, I did too. I couldn't believe that her family was so blind to the truth about their daughter. She is a good person who bent over backwards to respect and honor her parents, but they never appreciated what she did. Quinn may have tattoos and look dangerous, but he's the glue that holds his family together. He's so good with his seven year old brother, Oliver. I was touched. It is a bonus to catch up with the people of Second Chance Ranch. I like Sadie and Royce. Cindi Madsen wrote characters that were easy to care about, a romance that had me wanting a HEA and flirty, humorous dialogue. I enjoy the Hope Springs series.
Crazy for the Competition is another fantabulous read. I simply love this book where being authentic and falling in love is what it's all about. I loved this book....Did I mention that I loved this book??? The characters were amazing. Madsen did an excellent job of presenting the difficulties and possibility of a young woman upholding her principles while on the dating scene with her depiction of Quinn, who was always trying to live up to the standards of her traditional Japanese parents. I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I didn’t necessarily like Quinn all the time thru the book, but I did understand her and she does some growing by the end. She has some serious issues with her family and their expectations, especially her dad. She’s different than the rest of her family, and unfortunately for her, there isn’t anyone who really understands her – love her yes, understand her no. She’s not had much more luck in her personal life … until she meets Heath. But it is hard to let go of those bad experiences. Now, Heath I absolutely loved. He’s sexy and sincere, hard working and caring. He didn’t have the best start in life, but he’s working on bettering it for his brothers. Unfortunately of course that’s where the conflict with Quinn comes in. As much as they are attracted to each other, there is a big issue between them with the property. To which, I saw a solution from about Chapter 3 but then where would all of the fun come from? I think Madsen does a fantastic job of having them get there on their own (again, it’s kinda obvious) but her’s works a lot better since they had a chance to fall in love. And we get to enjoy being there with them as they do. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)
I always enjoy Bliss books and this author in particular. She does a great job of mixing characters I care about with humor and a great story, to make an enjoyable read. The characters really grabbed me with in this one. I loved both Quinn and Health from the start. Quinn has a vibrant and wild side that doesn't sit well with her proper Japanese culture. She likes to laugh. She's funny. She's outspoken. She's independent. She resourceful. She tries to be respectful and do as her parents want but it doesn't make her happy. She needs to get out from under their control but in a way that doesn't disgrace them. Her plan is to leave the family business with a plan to restore the B&B. She's saved to do it. It's her plan at freedom. But Health has a dream and a plan too. His need to have it just as great. His brother coming home from the service needs a focus and support. His younger brother needs him around. The hunting lodge has been their dream, together. The one thing that can keep his wondering soul in one place. Too bad the B&B would have to go in order to build the lodge. When both Quinn and Health go after the same place, the competition begins. It's a great story where they both want the same thing and are fighting for it. But as they are forced to spend time together, they discover they like being around each other. Then, there's the chemistry between them. Kisses happen. And I so enjoy kissing. So much yummy kissing in this one. I saw how this would end but it didn't distract me from enjoying the journey with them. I was cheering for both of them and hoping they would find a way to figure things out. The writing was great and it's the kind of book you can just soak up in a sitting. My schedule prevented that but I would have liked to have read it straight through. Hoping that Cam gets a book. Didn't read the first book but now I want to. If sweet and yummy kissing books are your thing, then this one should be your next read.
I adored this story. It had everything you could want in a book. It had friendship, lots of quirky humor, sexual innuendos along with fun flirting, family drama. Quinn (love this name for a female) reminds me of my friend. A wild spirit with strong family values but wanting to be independent. She was a riot to read about. She would let the bad words fly in the appropriate, yet no so appropriate times. But it was hilarious. There was a scene where she yelled, "Bloody Hell", when Heath put on dark thick rimmed glasses that only enhanced his hotness. That was one of my favorite parts because I totally agree with a hot man who will wear those type of glasses. Heath was a major swoon worthy character. He had very gentlemanly manners mixed in with a lot of passion. He looked after those he cared for, especially his brothers. He and Quinn just meshed well with their chemistry despite being from different worlds. This book kept me entertained the entire way through. It is a very sweet romance but that totally worked in this story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Sweet small town romance! Another swoony read from Cindi Madsen. I love all the fun characters in Hope Springs. Made me feel like I was in Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. Despite their differences, you could really see that Heath and Quinn were made for each other. Their emotional tug of war made me keep flipping the pages to see how it all worked out, and I wasn't disappointed. Definite must read!
I loved this funny and cute story. Two opposite people who are unable to fight their attraction. They both want same property and are competing with each other. Still they decided to be friends. Although friends is not what they want to be. quinn can't help but fall for this ultimate bad boy. He is not like the others, he is funny and gets her like no one else ever has. Heath is now a reformed man. He wants to prove to everyone that he can be trusted and others matter to him. When he first meets Quinn he thinks she is a snob but after getting to know her he realizes that she is one of a kind, a person he can easily fall in love with. This is an amazing read. With steady pace, well-developed characters and great story line, this book is a best summer read.
I received a galley copy of Crazy for the Competition from the author in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. I have to say that I really enjoy how this author is able to pull a reader into the storyline and hold them captive. She is a rare comodity in a author. Lately these days authors feel they need to put in lots of sex into a story in order for it to sell regardless on whether it is needed. This author is able to tell a beautiful and interesting story without the unnecessary sex. This is the type of story that can appeal to readers of all ages, I would even feel comfortable in allowing my niece who is 13 read this story. I love when I am able to share a great book with someone much younger than myself and get them into the world of reading. Books are meant to leave a mark on our imagination and provide a outlet sometimes against the harsh reality life can place us. Mrs. Madsen knows how to develop her characters and create a new dimension instilling real life qualities making the readers get invested in the storyline and want and need for them to have a HEA. I would highly recommend this story to anyone that wants and needs to believe in love and that there is a soulmate out there for themselves. Heath and Quinn didn't start out as the perfect couple. They each wanted a certain property in which to complete their dreams. With the decision not being made they were sort of forced into spending lots of time together and they built a real friendship together. Through that friendship they were able to build their inner strengths and empower themselves into standing up for one another. I definitely can't wait to read more from this author she is able to write in many different genre's her YA series is fantastic also. So besides NA, Contemporary she has the great ability to write a romantic comedy like her book Cinderella Screwed Me Over which was fantastic. So you need to one click this book and you will not be disappointed.
Filled with a couple that had intense chemistry , it is a great story, worth reading! ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** This is a sweet story about two people who meet up competing for a property in Hope Springs and its instant chemistry. Quinn Sakata is part one of the duo wanting this property and she wants to open a bed and breakfast inn where the other half, Heath Brantley , wants to open a hunting lodge. Neither wants to budge an inch on the vision the property could end up being. Between Quinn and Heath, neither is willing to come to an agreement to share, more like they are determined to make sure one triumphs over the other in this battle for the property. With the chemistry that is going on between them and those lovely sparks lighting the way between Quinn and Heath, everything is becoming intense between the MC. Will Quinn and Heath come to an agreement to share this property or will they overlook the chemistry that has built , the chance for a happily ever after ? This book had some twists and turns I wasn’t expecting but I loved the MC written here. I had some great laughs due to how the authors had the lines written. Overall, Quinn and Heath are a relatable couple. One that I was rooting for , hoping that they would get the HEA . Quinn is the type of heroine that you can relate to . She is a Japanese woman, raised in America; she still has doubts about her place in everything based on how she was raised by her family. (Think conservative values taught from a conservative family). Quinn though is different- she curses, speaks her mind, rebels. Then we have good ole boy Heath – he’s the good boy who is local boy everyone loves. He goes out of way to help, etc etc etc. BUT he has some naughty boy tendencies that make the reader want to dirty him up (wink)- These two MC make the book so good. It is a sweet story about two people who learned to give up showing the world a front when it was time to be who they really were and to give in the love being offered because in the end, Heath and Quinn come to realize what the reader realize early on- Quinn and Heath were the only two good for each other and good for the property. My rating: 4.3 stars ****
Heath and Quinn have a lot stacked against them in the beginning, from how different they are, to the main problem-they want the same property and will do whatever it takes to get it. As they're forced to work together, you see their friendship growing, right along with their chemistry. I loved their banter and the ending left me with a giant smile on my face.
4.5 stars Loved Crazy for the Competition! The storyline was entertaining and held my interest from start to finish. I just couldn't put it down. The characters were both believable and very relatable. Loved Quinn and Heath, they had amazing chemistry and the way they would argue and then tease each other had me laughing and swooning. Quinn was such a hoot, she had no filter, loved her!!! And then we have Heath... all I will say is tattoo's and piercings are one of my weakness's and Heath checked both those boxes *fans self* Once again Cindi Madsen has written a heartfelt and romantic story that left me with a smile on my face and a heart full of love. I highly recommend Crazy for the Competition and the Hope Springs series.
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim If you’re looking for a totally sweet romance, Crazy for the Competition is the perfect read. Cindi Madsen pairs a misunderstood, reformed bad boy with a spirited, feisty woman, just bursting to allow the real her to show through. Heath Brantley grew up on the wrong side of town, and spent most of his time getting in trouble and dealing with his drunk father. Heath returns to Hope Springs to be involved in his seven-year-old brother’s life and to fulfill a dream he and his older brother have had since they were kids. Quinn Sakata values and respects her Japanese heritage and the lessons she’s been taught. The problem is that her super conservative family stifles her and doesn’t know who she truly is. Quinn is outspoken, loves to swear, and has an amazing heart. The two are thrust together when they each bid on the old and falling down Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast. Things really get interesting when the town committee forces them to work together to build a float for Frontier Days. Spending so much time together enables Heath and Quinn to really get to know each other. Turns out Heath is the first and only guy Quinn has ever met who understands her. “I think it’s cool that you care about your heritage, but yet you don’t conform. Promise me that no matter what happens, you’ll never lose that feisty, impulsive side of you.” While it’s no surprise what happens with the bed and breakfast, I was surprised by how much Heath managed to get into my heart. Heath is the guy every father should want for his daughter. Quinn is the best friend every girl should have. I am so loving the Hope Springs Series. Oh and the best part, the books are standalones. I’m looking forward to hopefully having a Cory’s story written. It will be interesting to see what kind of woman brings him to his knees. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
This is a funny, sweet, enjoyable read. It is well written and thought out. The characters' history and family issues are portrayed in a way that makes you easily relate to them. This book is the second in the series but can be read as a stand alone without feeling like you've missed something. This book is more on the sweet side rather than hot and steamy like the first. Having read both books in this series, I look forward to finding out the direction Ms. Madsen takes us in future stories. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars--CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION is the second installment in Cindi Madsen’s adult, contemporary Hope Springs romance series focusing on the people of Hope Springs, Wyoming. This is auto mechanic/ musician Heath Brantley, and real estate agent Quinn Sakata’s storyline. CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty . Any important information from the previous storyline is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION focuses on the building relationship between Quinn and Heath, as well as their competing proposals for restoring and renovating the old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast. Quinn is hoping to restore the B&B to its’ original purpose, while Heath has plans to develop a hunting lodge that he and his older brother Cam will run together. When the local council is unable to make a decision, Heath and Quinn are roped into building a float for the local parade. Quinn has had a crush on Heath since high school but three years his junior, Quinn was never on Heath’s radar. Heath has a bit of a reputation with the woman; Quinn is saving herself for marriage. Quinn’s Japanese ancestry finds our heroine caught between worlds: her family’s honor and Quinn’s relationship with a man considered less than desirable by her mom and dad. As the council considers both propositions for the run down B&B, our leading couple will find themselves falling in love knowing one or both will lose in the end. The relationship between our couple is that of a developing friendship to falling in love. Because Quinn does not believe in sex before marriage, there is no $ex or sexual imagery although the desire for one another is off the charts. Royce and Sadie from book one –Second Chance Ranch- plays supporting roles; Sadie is Quinn’s best friend, and the lead singer in the band with whom Heath plays. We are introduced to Quinn’s well to do and over protective Japanese parents whose image of their eldest child is less than positive. Quinn is a woman who seems to disappoint her parents whatever it is she plans to do. In this, much of Quinn’s self esteem hinders on her parent’s approval and love. Heath’s family situation finds our hero embarrassed by his father’s lifestyle, and his own need to protect his younger brother. The blurb notes that Quinn has a ‘sailor’s mouth’ but truth be told, the language our heroine uses is not even close to bad….if one believes the use of the word ‘sh*t’ constitutes bad language then they haven’t really heard a true sailor mouth at work. In fact, I believe the word sh*t is only expressed three times in the story and one of those times by Quinn’s sister Maya. As this is truly a story of romance with no $ex or sexual situations, I believe the blurb is slightly misleading with its’ description of Quinn Sakata’s ‘sailor mouth’. CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION is a sweet story of romance and building love; family and friendship. The characters are engaging and realistic; the storyline enjoyable and fresh; the happily ever after heartwarming and wonderful. If you are looking for a simple, uncomplicated and ‘clean’ read, CRAZY FOR THE COMPETITION
***This ARC was received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review*** I like this story. It is a little different from the others I have read recently. I like that it sexually charged without any actual sex, and that they are pretty straightforward with how they feel.
Quinn was a unique character. A tiny clean cut package with a bawdy mouth. She is torn between making her family happy or following her dream. What stands in her way? A former crush and letting her parents down. Crazy for the Competition is a story about learning how to be true to who you are. Enjoyable read. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
Such a sweet romance! Quinn and Heath were both great characters--and both have such good reasons for why they need to be the one to win the competition for the property. I really liked that they didn't let their competition get nasty; even though going that route can be humorous at times, it wouldn't have been right for this story. They made their competition a perfectly fair one, with neither of them trying to undercut the other one in order to win. I also actually loved that there was zero sex here--absolutely nada. It was important to Quinn that she wait for marriage, and she stuck to it from page one to the last. So refreshing! You know that there have to be people out there in real life doing the same thing, but it's such a rarity in mainstream romance. The chemistry is there, and they're both definitely feeling sexual tension, but Quinn resists and Heath respects her wishes. The fact that Heath was so cool with it even though it obviously wasn't easy for him made him an even better hero than he already was. So did the fact that he actually took the time to learn about Quinn's culture, both by asking her and by doing research on his own. (And he uses some secretly-gained knowledge for an awesome purpose in the epilogue...but I am absolutely not going to give away what it is. You'll just have to read it yourself!) Though Sadie and Royce from book one ( Second Chance Ranch ) play a role, you don't have to have read their story to enjoy this one; it's fine as a standalone. So if you're looking for a sweet romance with a secondary theme of making a place for yourself beyond the one your family wants/society expects you to have, definitely give this one a read. Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.